Steven Howlett

Steven Howlett


  • 234 Queen's Building, Southlands

1900 …2014

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Personal profile


Steven Howlett is senior lecturer in the Business School. He currently convenes the module Business Ethics and Responsible Management at Level 6.

He is formely the National Programme Convener for the Erasmus Mundus MA Human Rights Policy and Practice programme which is a degree in partnership with Gothenburg University in Sweden and the University of Tromso in Norway (From 2015 the University of Deusto in Bilbao replaced the University of Tromso) w

Prior to working at Roehampton Steven was senior research fellow at the Institute for Volunteering Research where he was involved in many projects looking at the profile of volunteering, the management of volunteers and polices towards volunteering.

Steven's research interests in managing voluntary organisations and volunteers. Steven completed a project to evaluate the impact of volunteer led reading groups in prisons for the Prison Reading Group initiative at the University of Roehampton. He also completed a project funded by the Grundtvig programme for lifelong learning. This project involved working with partners in the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Italy to produce a publication outlining different ways to assess the employability skills gained by students through volunteering. Also completed have been a project to assist Claire House Children's Hospice review its volunteer programme and a survey of volunteers in children's hospices for Together for Short Lives.

Steven's perspective is to acknowledge that volunteering often needs some organisations, but that over-formalisation when left un-examined can threaten that elusive thing -the 'spirit of volunteering'. This was a theme pursued in the book 'Volunteering and society in the 21st century' which he co-authored with Colin Rochester and Angela Ellis Paine.

Steven has provided keynote addresses on volunteering in Japan and South Africa and in 2011 shared a platform with Lester Salamon at the IAVE conference in Singapore to present a session on measuring global volunteer trends.



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Research interests

Steven's research interests are in volunteering and volunteer management, managing voluntary organisations and the impact of voluntary action.

Steven has recently finished projects to evaluate volunteer led prison reading groups, to produce a booklet reviewing tools for assessing skills gained from volunteering, a review of a hospice volunteer programme and a survey of volunteers in children's hospices.

Consultancy work

Steven has consultancy experience include working for:

  • 2009 Turn2us to assess how to reach people in need of advice and financial help
  • 2010 NCVO to evaluate the National Support Service streams funded through Capacity Builders
  • 2012 Evaluation of prison reading groups for the Prison Reading Group project at the University of Roehampton
  • 2012-13 Review of the volunteer programme for Claire House Children's Hospice
  • 2013 Survey of volunteers in children's hospices for Together for Short Lives